The All New Macbook Air 2018; Specs & Review

Apple announced its much awaited Macbook Air 2018 in an event that happened on Tuesday. The event took place in Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York where in a keynote presentation the all new 13.3-inch laptop with retina display was launched.

The Macbook Air which saw minor graphic updates and a CPU revamp last year, has languished since Apple introduced the 12-inch MacBook in 2015. The 2015 Air was the only laptop around the $1,000 budget and had a non-retina display and sub-par performance.

However the new Air, which is priced at a starting of $1,199, overcomes all these shortcomings and offers much more. According to reports, the laptop is made of 100% recycled aluminium and is lighter and thinner than the older model. No wonder Apple call it the Macbook Air,  because that’s what it feels like.

The smaller bezels make a big difference in making the laptop more portable. Moreover, the bezels are black in color and the screen has a glossy glass finish. Apart from that, Apple has retained the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, along with the headphone jack. The retina display screen is on par with the Macbook Pro.

Other features include the 3rd-generation butterfly keyboard which means it will make less noise. It also has a Force Touch trackpad, a FaceTime HD camera, and a three-mic array for better voice recognition; and louder stereo speakers with more bass. Apple has also brought the T2 chip from the Macbook Pro for Touch ID. However,it does not have the Touch Bar, which may please some new Mac buyers who find the MacBook Pro Touch Bar unnecessary.

The new Macbook Air 2018 runs on 8th-gen Intel dual-core i5 processor. There is an 8GB and 16GB RAM version available. Moreover, there are 4 options of hard-disk space; 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and a 1.5TB. You can also use one of two USB-C / Thunderbolt to power an external 5K display or hook up an eGPU external graphics enclosure.

 

By Abhishek Aggarwal

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